A book well worth reading and thinking about.
Toby Ord estimates a 1 in 6 chance that humankind will go extinct in the next 100 years. This is, surprisingly, an optimistic view. Other academics have estimated 1 in 4 (Nick Bostrom) and 1 in 2 (Martin Rees).
Ord makes the persuasive case that the vast majority of this risk is from human actions. For example, the creation of a super intelligent AI is likely to be unaligned with human interests. In other words, AI has its own goals and doesn’t care about ours.
It follows that if most of this risk is caused by human actions, then human actions could reduce this risk. The most important section of the book is simply titled “What You Can Do”. A call to save humanity from itself.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4511 KB
- Print Length: 480 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition (5 March 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B082SXGJYC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 21 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,029 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)